trite

adjective
\ ˈtrīt How to pronounce trite (audio) \
triter; tritest

Definition of trite

: hackneyed or boring from much use : not fresh or original

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Other Words from trite

tritely adverb
triteness noun

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trite, hackneyed, stereotyped, threadbare mean lacking the freshness that evokes attention or interest. trite applies to a once effective phrase or idea spoiled from long familiarity. "you win some, you lose some" is a trite expression hackneyed stresses being worn out by overuse so as to become dull and meaningless. all of the metaphors and images in the poem are hackneyed stereotyped implies falling invariably into the same pattern or form. views of minorities that are stereotyped and out-of-date threadbare applies to what has been used until its possibilities of interest have been totally exhausted. a mystery novel with a threadbare plot

Examples of trite in a Sentence

The wrong sort of built environment, she argued, wrecked the social fabric of cities. This view seems almost trite today, but in the 1960's it was insurgent. — Robert Kuttner, New York Times Book Review, 12 Mar. 2000 Experts are always unique (their tritest pronouncements are packaged as news) … — Wendy Kaminer, New York Times Book Review, 11 Feb. 1990 Its wares are soiled with frequent handling; its styles are so hackneyed, trite, and homogeneous, they constitute a single style … — Joyce Carol Oates, The Profane Art, 1983 That argument has become trite. by the time the receiving line had ended, the bride and groom's thanks sounded trite and tired
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Recent Examples on the Web And while some on-campus rivalries would seem to pit the two sororities against each other, Boyd laughs and says that the sisterhood among Black women has always been more powerful than trite competition. Candice Benbow, Essence, "New Documentary 'Twenty Pearls' Looks At The Impact Of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority On American History," 6 Apr. 2021 Her projects rarely have the trite happy ending that’s often come to define the rom-com genre (particularly of decades prior). Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, "Happily (N)ever After With Cristin Milioti," 5 Apr. 2021 For your organization, consider more compelling and accurate names like learning experience, live virtual classroom, funfest, deep dive or online masterclass … anything but webinar, which sounds dull and trite and somewhat old-fashioned. William Arruda, Forbes, "Why The Webinar Is Dead And What Needs To Replace It," 28 Feb. 2021 The league broadcast partners are, of course, willing amplifiers of the NFL’s achievements, whether the feats are legitimate or trite. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Superlatives from a memorable season of NFL broadcasts," 13 Feb. 2021 This may sound trite, but all of the members of my household HATE to vacuum with the heat of a thousand suns. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Inheritance leads to tension and guilt," 30 Oct. 2020 This may sound trite, but all of the members of my household HATE to vacuum with the heat of a thousand suns. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Inheritance leads to tension and guilt," 30 Oct. 2020 And things aren’t so out of kilter other than our actual play, which, by the way, is almost trite to say almost. Dallas News, "Jerry Jones says Ben DiNucci’s first Cowboys start was ‘more than he could handle’," 4 Nov. 2020 This may sound trite, but all of the members of my household HATE to vacuum with the heat of a thousand suns. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Inheritance leads to tension and guilt," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of trite

1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trite

Latin tritus, from past participle of terere to rub, wear away — more at throw entry 1

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13 Apr 2021

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“Trite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trite. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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trite

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of trite

: not interesting or effective because of being used too often : not fresh or original

trite

adjective
\ ˈtrīt How to pronounce trite (audio) \
triter; tritest

Kids Definition of trite

: so common that the newness and cleverness have worn off : stale trite remarks

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